Ozzy Osbourne health update: Why has Ozzy Osbourne cancelled his tour?

Ozzy Osbourne is well known for his erratic behaviours – from biting the head off a bat to… well, biting the head off a dove. But while fans are used to his odd antics, they still flock to his gigs – and have been left devastated after the rockstar of Black Sabbath fame was forced to cancel a string of North America shows. Why has Ozzy Osbourne cancelled his upcoming US tour, and will he come to the UK?

Speaking to Good Morning America on January 21, Ozzy Osbourne opened up about his recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

He said: “It’s been terribly challenging for us all.

“I did my last show [on] New Year’s Eve (which was in 2018.) Then I had a bad fall. I had to have surgery on my neck, which screwed all my nerves.”

He also thanked his fans for helping him and supporting him despite being forced to cancel gigs throughout 2019.

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Osbourne considered: “They’re my air, you know. I feel better. I’ve owned up to the fact that I have… a case of Parkinson’s.

“And I just hope they hang on and they’re there for me because I need them.”

Osbourne’s wife Sharon accompanied him on the show, saying: “It’s not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination but it affects certain nerves in your body.

“It’s like you have a good day, a good day, then a really bad day.”

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Osbourne continued: “A year ago next month I was in a shocking state. I got a numbness down this arm for the surgery, my legs keep going cold.

“I don’t know if that’s the Parkinson’s or what, you know, but that’s — see, that’s the problem. Because they cut nerves when they did the surgery.

“I’d never heard of nerve pain, and it’s a weird feeling.”

Osbourne also said it was “killing” him that he could not be out on the road and he is desperate to return to touring and performing.

Despite this upsetting feeling, the 71-year-old has revealed he will seek further treatment in Switzerland in April, which will mean he will no longer complete his American tour, which started at the end of May in Atlanta, Georgia.

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In a statement, he said: “I’m so thankful that everyone has been patient because I’ve had a shit year.

“Unfortunately, I won’t be able to get to Switzerland for treatment until April and the treatment takes six-eight weeks.

“I don’t want to start a tour and then cancel shows at the last minute, as it’s just not fair to the fans.

“I’d rather they get a refund now and when I do the North American tour down the road, everyone who bought a ticket for these shows will be the first ones in line to purchase tickets at that time.”

However, the UK stint of his tour, which is expected to begin in October, will continue as planned.

Fans in America have been told they will receive “first access” to new tour tickets when they become available.

Sharon spoke of the Swiss treatments in January, after saying they had “exhausted” all options in the USA.

She said: “We’ve kind of reached a point here in this country where we can’t go any further because we’ve got all the answers we can get here.

“So in April, we’re going to a professional in Switzerland. And he deals with… getting your immune system at its peak.”

Ozzy’s new album, Ordinary Man, is released on February 21

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